In memory of Dale Mayers aka RugRat

In memory of Dale Mayers aka RugRat

Dale Mayers had been racing since he was 16-years-old. He became well known for his very quick first-generation Mazda RX7 during the 90’s and early 2000’s at AutoSport and TTASA drag racing events.

His motorbikes and even more popular second gen red Savannah RX7, emblazoned with his signature “RugRat” livery, won him several local championships. Dale was a people person, always out to give a show and always open to a lime. His wife Sherrice was his crew chief and is famous for directing Dale with hand-signals as he lined up on the start line.

Many in the motorsport fraternity knew him as RugRat, while many others knew him as Officer Dale Mayers of the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service. Quenching his need for speed, Dale also piloted 21′ racing boat also named Rug Rat at the world-known TTPBA Great Race.

After an on-track racing incident in 2017 with his 2nd Gen RX-7, Mayers had stopped all racing… but that wasn’t the end of the Rug Rat Racing team. Mayers returned to the Wallerfield International Raceway, this time in a dragster rail-chassis powered by his beloved rotary engine. In 2019 with a 7.9sec ET, Mayers not only broke the local record he previously set, but he also posted the fastest 1/4 mile ET at the time for a rotary-powered vehicle in the English-speaking Caribbean!

Dale unfortunately passed away on May 12th from a gunshot wound he sustained during an attempted robbery. He and his wife Sherrice had just left a briefing meeting for an upcoming motorsport event he was registered to compete in and decided to get some drinks at a bar just across the street when the incident occurred.
RugRat has left an indelible mark on motor racing in the Caribbean.


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